Introduction
Study Modes
Course Content
Fees & Entry
Outcomes
Our nationally recognised Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to commence your career as a veterinary nurse or to gain a national qualification as an experienced professional.  Taking your love of animals and a desire to seek a professional career in caring for animals, this course will provide you with the necessary hands on skills and theoretical knowledge to work in the veterinary and animal care industry.
Veterinary Nursing Course Online and On-campus in Australia

Modes of delivery

ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is offered via two study methods including our full-time on-campus course based in Bentley, Western Australia as well as our online eLearning course. Our online eLearning course offers a more flexible approach to learning and can be studied practically anywhere in the world as long as you have access to a veterinary practice, an English speaking and writing workplace supervisor as well as a reliable internet connection. Learn more about our study modes here

Work placement

Whether you choose to study online or on-campus all students are required to complete the compulsory 500 hours of workplace practical training. If you are based in Perth, Western Australia we will organise this for you. If you are not based in Perth, you will be required to secure a work placement location for your practical training. Learn more about work placements here

Your animal care career pathway

Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing is a natural progression pathway from ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies and ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Studies providing you with the vital skills to undertake and assist in clinical duties such as pathology, radiology and procedures relating to managing medical cases. Find out more about study outcomes here

The AVT Difference

Due to the intensive nature of this program, our students consistently enjoy a high graduation rate with very strong employment prospects. You will be recognised as a qualified and registered veterinary nurse in Australia.

Here's just a handful of reasons why students choose AVT:-
  • We organise work placements in reputable veterinary hospitals (for Perth, Western Australia WA based students)
  • Our team members know our students by name not by number!
  • We are a dedicated animal care college. No plumbing or hairdressing courses here!
  • AVT is proud of the high graduation and employment rate of our students
  • We are trusted and respected by industry - employers request our graduates
  • Our course material is written by Veterinarians and Animal Scientists who are employed directly by AVT
  • AVT is an independent animal care and veterinary nursing registered training organisation. We do not have third party arrangements with other training providers to acquire content or distribute qualifications. We take pride in developing and delivering our own course material.

At AVT, we combine a high standard of theoretical knowledge taught in our facility located in Bentley or available online and combine it with intensive practical training. This allows you to gain the competence and confidence required for an exciting and rewarding career in a variety of animal care careers.

Are you choosing a registered training organisation?

AVT NRT RecognisedAVT is fully registered by the Australian Government training registration authority ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) and the qualification offered is the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. We are supported and endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Association. Our registration authority can be viewed on the training.gov.au website, which is the Australian Government’s website for details of registered courses and training providers –  View our details here. We strongly recommend you search the training.gov.au website for any training organisation you maybe considering.


Important changes to the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualification

We recommend reading this detailed information about the proposed changes  from ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to ACM40417 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  Read More>>

Study Modes and Course Delivery Overview

ACM40112 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is currently being offered via two study modes including Online eLearning and On-Campus Full-time

Online eLearning

Ideal for students:
  • who are based in the country or interstate students,
  • or who want the flexibility to study at home,
  • who are seeking a self-paced course.
    Duration – Up to two years at your own pace.
    Delivery method - online access to learning centre with full support of our educators via phone, email or skype.
    Attendance - on-campus is not required. Perth based practical workshops are offered throughout the year.
    Pre-organised practical training - 500 hours in a veterinary practice and arranged by our supervised work practice placement program for Perth, WA students. For non-WA residents we supply our Work Practical Placement guide, a comprehensive package to assist you in securing a work placement in your local area.
    Assessment methods - range from online assignments and tests, oral testing via telephone or Skype, case studies, video submissions of practical tasks and on-site face-to-face testing (if location permits).
    Course commencement at any time of year to suit student and subject to support from a Veterinary Practice.

The Supported online eLearning program gives you access to all learning materials and units via our online learning system, as well as all presentation materials from lectures delivered on campus at the time.  You do not attend lectures. You will be required to study one unit at a time, working through the learning material, supplemented with the required textbook and recommended references. Assessments and assignments are submitted via our online learning system. Support is available to you via the telephone, email or Skype. Our training centre is open during both the school terms and most school holidays.

About workplace practical training (veterinary hospital work placement)

In addition to completing the course online theory, you are required to participate in at least 500 hours of practical training in a veterinary practice. You can learn more about workplace practical training here

If you are a Perth based student, AVT will pre-organise your work placement in consultation with you. We endeavour to cater for specific requests where possible such as your availability on given days of the week. If you are not Perth based, you will need to organise your own work placement to suit your location and commitments.

Whether you are organising your own placement or you have a pre-organised work placement, we always recommended attending a veterinary practice on a regular basis throughout your studies, eg one day a week or one day a fortnight. Depending on your weekly or fortnightly attendance throughout the course, you may also need to complete several weeks or two week blocks to achieve the minimum required 500 hours.

If you already employed in a veterinary practice, your work placement hours will usually be done as part of your normal work.

For additional information on workplace practical training see the Work Placement section in the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page.

 

Full-time on-campus

Ideal for students who:
  • are Perth based
  • can commit to a full-time study schedule
  • can commit to a weekly workplace training schedule
  • can commit to a full academic year of study
    Duration – One year full time campus-based course
    Delivery method - by face to face group activities, tutorials and practicals at our Bentley, WA training centre with additional off-site excursions.
    Attendance - required 4 days a week: 2 days on campus in Bentley and 2 days in a veterinary practice during school terms
    Pre-organised workplace practical training - 500 hours in a veterinary practice and arranged via our workplace practical training program
    Next course commences: February 2019

As a full-time student you will attend our campus in Bentley, Western Australia to participate in face-to-face lectures, group activities, tutorials and practical lessons. You will also be invited to off-site excursions and field trips to various animal related establishments.

We run two separate classes to ensure you receive a personable learning experience. Every student has the opportunity to contribute and participate actively in classroom and practical sessions.  In addition to classes we also ensure students have access to ongoing tutoring, support and instruction.

Class times and attendance requirements

The full-time veterinary nursing course lasts for 1 year, starting in February with students graduating mid-December, qualified and ready for employment. The full-time classes run for 4 terms, similar to school terms.  Students attend our training centre for 2 days a week (9.00am–4.00pm), followed by 2 days a week in one of our supporting veterinary practices.  This cycle repeats throughout the four school terms. During term breaks (school holiday times) students are not required to attend class or their work placement (ie veterinary practice) if all course requirements have been met during school term.

Field trips and excursions

In addition to the hands-on practical sessions you will undertake as a student at our Bentley location, you will also have the opportunity to participate in various off-site excursions and field trips to various animal related establishments including Veterinary Specialist Centres, Murdoch University Veterinary School, animal refuges and shelters as well as equine (horse) and exotic animal (small mammals such as guinea pigs, ferrets as well as birds and reptiles) facilities relevant to your training.

About workplace practical training (veterinary hospital work placement)

Your workplace practical training will be organised for you in a high quality Perth, WA based veterinary hospital. AVT has been organising work placements in Western Australian veterinary hospitals since 1999 and has formed over 100 long term relationships with high quality veterinary hospitals. So when it comes to the essential on-the-job veterinary nursing practical training you will be placed in a supportive veterinary hospital in which you will receive hands-on training, mentoring, supervision and valuable experience in all aspects of veterinary nursing over the duration of your course. You are required to complete 500 hours of workplace practical training and our course fee includes insurance cover for the mandatory work placement you take during your course regardless of the course delivery method you choose.

An Important Note about on-campus study

Please note, we are currently at capacity for on-campus students. Therefore enrolments for our next on-campus course will be for the Full-time February 2019 intake. Applications for this course will commence in August 2018. This means, we will not be commencing a part-time on-campus course in 2018. If you would like a more flexible study option, we encourage you to apply for our online course. For Perth based students, we will organise your work placement and for students located throughout Western Australia, you may also be eligible for the Jobs & Skills WA (formerly FutureSkillsWA) subsidy which dramatically reduces the cost of the course. Subsidised places are offered upon successful completion of the application and interview process and are subject to availability. 

What subject units will I study?

All Certificate IV in Veterinary Nurse students are required to complete the following units during their course. These units are internal units of study and closely follow a national training program developed by veterinarians to provide a quality knowledge base for veterinary nurses.

ACMSPE310A Provide basic care of mammals

This unit of competency covers the process of identifying mammals and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural and basic preventative health measures.

ACMACR403A Identify and respond to animal behaviour

This unit of competency covers the process of identifying animals and interpreting their body language and behaviour in the context of an animal control and regulation environment during day-to-day activities.

ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

This Unit of Competency covers the process required by an employee to contribute to workplace health and safety processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

ACMGAS204A Feed & water animals

This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements.

ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals

This unit of competency covers the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments.

ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines
This unit of competency covers the process of treating patients (animals) on a daily basis, maintaining clinic hygiene and assisting with inventory and clinic security.
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communication
This unit of competency covers the process of effectively participating in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment.
ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation
This unit of competency covers the process of assisting with the preparation of patients (animals) and the theatre for surgery, providing pre- and post-operative patient care and cleaning surgical and theatre equipment in a veterinary clinic.
ACMVET406A Nurse Animals
This unit of competency covers the process of providing high quality nursing care for all patients (animals) treated or housed at the clinic. It includes providing advice to clients (owners), monitoring animals and providing animal first aid as required
ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
This Unit of Competency covers the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations.
ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge
This Unit of Competency covers the process of coordinating patient admission and discharge. It also includes providing initial veterinary nursing care to patients (animals) and grief support to clients (animal owners).
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs

This unit of competency covers the processes required to gather information on medications and services for animals and relate these to individual animal requirements and audience needs.

ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines

This Unit of Competency covers the process of preparing, cleaning and maintaining theatre and equipment as well as preparing personnel for the performance of surgical procedures.

ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures
This Unit of Competency covers the process of collecting biological samples and performing pathology procedures. The integrity of the sample must be maintained in accordance with veterinarian instructions when conducting clinic examinations and in preparing consignments to diagnostic laboratories.
ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines
This Unit of Competency covers the process of implementing and completing imaging routines, in accordance with established industry sequences and clinic policies and procedures, and follow specific instructions from the veterinarian.
ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines
This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing the skills to implement medical nursing routines, including the preparation and handling of patients (animals) and equipment for specific routines.
ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines
This Unit of Competency covers the process of preparing the surgical environment and providing total support for the surgeon. The Unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for, and provide support during and after, routine and non-routine surgical procedures, including monitoring patients while they are under anaesthesia.
ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
This unit of competency covers the process of compiling patient (animal) and client (animal owner) histories, maintaining records and consulting the veterinarian as required.
ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures
This Unit of Competency covers the process of maintaining veterinary supplies, controlling stock, maintaining clinic accounts and preparing and processing clinic correspondence.
ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice
This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing advice to clients (owners) about animal care, nutrition, behaviour and products. All advice must be provided in a competent manner and in accordance with clinic policies and procedures.
ACMVET410A - Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. Dental prophylaxis involves the oral examination in the conscious and anaesthetised patient, sub- and supra-gingival tooth scaling and polishing and the subsequent development of a homecare plan. Veterinary dental nursing procedures are most often carried out on dogs, cats and horses. All procedures are carried out in conjunction with, and as an assistant to, the veterinary surgeon and in accordance with workplace health and safety requirements.
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify customer needs, deliver and monitor customer service and identify improvements in the provision of customer service.
ACMSUS201A Sustainable environmental practices
This unit addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to participate in environmentally sustainable work practices in animal care and management industry sectors.

Course Fees and Requirements


Entry Requirements

Online vet nursing courseIn selecting students for our programs, our main consideration is your aptitude for working in this particular field. Although experience in an animal-related industry is favourable, it is not essential. In selecting students we consider three criteria:

1. Academic ability
We look for evidence of your ability to study at the Certificate IV level. This may be based on your completion of school or other studies. We do not apply strict rules on what schooling you need to have completed and all students can present evidence of their ability to show equivalency to this level.

For students that do not have evidence of previous studies we may ask you to complete one of our own aptitude assessments that may allow you to demonstrate your ability. These assessments are designed to assess your language, literacy and numeracy skills. We may ask you to take some further background studies if we feel you need extra study experience.

2. Exposure to animal care
We are looking for students with a background involving animals. This may be from experience in farming, pets and other animal related activities. We particularly value exposure to veterinary practice in the form of work experience or employment. We strongly suggest that you gain some practical experience in a veterinary practice prior to joining us not so you are skilled before starting, but to give you a realistic expectation of the type of work that you will be doing.
Working in a vet practice and learning vet nursing

3. Your suitability to Veterinary Nursing
We are looking for students with the commitment and personality that would likely support working in the industry. A professional, mature, positive, hard working attitude with good interpersonal skills are what veterinary employers are looking for in a veterinary nurse. You will only be offered a place in our courses if we genuinely feel you have a good chance of gaining employment in the industry once you have gained your qualification.

If we are not able to offer you a place at the time of your application, we will advise you on the best plan for you to be considered at a later time.

The selection process will also take into consideration the quality of the application and how the prospective student performs during a formal interview.

Places are offered to supported e-Learning students based on the availability of a veterinary practice to support your training. If not already employed in a practice, you are required to locate a practice willing to support you. For prospective students we have a package we can send you which may assist you in finding a practice to support your studies.

Recognition of Prior Learning
You may already have significant animal care and veterinary nursing skills and experience. This is a valuable resource we recognise through our RPL program. Find out more information about our RPL program here  

What are the course fees and what does it include?

Our fees are fully inclusive and reflect the quality of the continuous tuition and support you receive throughout the program. Pricing and payment plan options depend on course delivery option chosen as shown below.
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Full-time (on-campus)
Supported Online
Duration
1 year
Max of 2 years studied at your own pace
Delivery
Classroom and practical
Online theory plus practical work placement. Non-mandatory practical on-campus workshops
Attendance
2 days on-campus, 2 days practical training per week
Not required. Student schedules practical training to suit, ideally 1 day per week
Enrolment
AVT Pre-organised work placement (if not currently employed)
Perth Residents
Work Practical Placement guide (to assist you in securing a work placement)
n/a
Non-Perth Residents
Learning guides (23 units)
Available online
Text books
One-on-one mentoring via phone, email, skype
Face-to-face mentoring
Perth Residents
Excursions and incursions
Perth Residents
Assessments and certification (on successful completion)
Workplace practical insurance cover
Access to purpose built training facilities
If attending workshop training sessions
AVT vet nurse practical kit including:
High quality medical grade stethoscope
Nurses fob watch
Digital thermometer
Surgery attire and name badge
Flexible Payment Plan options
Fees
$4,514 - $13,000 ^See important note below, subsidy and concession may apply.
$3,425 - $6,500 ^See important note below, subsidy and concession may apply
 

Important note ^

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is eligible for government subsidisation under the Jobs & Skills WA program for both our Full-time On-Campus and online study modes. The fee range shown above includes subsidised and full fee paying costs. All fees shown are subject to change at any given time. Subsidised places are limited and are subject to availability. The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees. Vet Nurse government funded course

Please note that to be eligible for the subsidised fees students must:
  • Be over the age of 18 years old in the year of enrolment
  • Have primary residence in Western Australia
  • Have a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier)
  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or hold an approved temporary visa subclass
  • Students not eligible for government subsidised fees will be subject to the full fee tuition cost of $13,000.
 

When can I apply?

We have one full-time intake commencing in February each year. Applications for our online course are taken throughout the year and can be submitted at any time. Applications for the 2019 Full-time Campus based course will be open in August 2018.

Online learning applications are open year round

Outcomes

On successful completion you will be awarded the nationally recognised qualification, ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  You will receive a statement indicating completion of the individual units of study.  You will also be invited to attend our graduation ceremony held in Perth in December every year where you will be formally presented with a certificate. At this ceremony, top achieving students are also recognised and receive both commendations and prizes. Vet Nursing Course Outcomes Perth

Job Outcomes

On completion of your course the most common career path is directly into a Veterinary Nursing role in a veterinary practice. You could also find yourself working in a zoo, shelter, local council, laboratory, farm, office, or even on the road as a pharmaceutical or food company representative. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue higher level qualifications such as a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing or even a Bachelor of Science.

Here's just a few examples of the types of roles Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualified nurses find themselves in:-
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary surgical assistant
  • Veterinary receptionist
  • Practice manager
  • Veterinary nurse in a specialist or emergency centre
  • Representative for animal related pharmaceutical or nutrition companies
  • Animal welfare officer
  • Zoo veterinary assistant
  • Vocational educator
For more information on Vet Nursing careers and other animal care careers read our article Top 6 Animal Care Careers >>  

Skills Outcomes

Some of the skills you will be able to apply in practice once qualified include:-
  • Nursing and monitoring patients
  • Administering medication
  • Surgical preparation and assistance
  • Taking blood samples
  • Monitoring anaesthesia
  • Taking x-rays (radiography)
  • Laboratory processing
  • Dental procedures (scale and polish)
  • Emergency and critical care nursing
  • Nurse consultations providing behavioural advice, nutrition management, dental care, puppy school instruction, wound management and post operative care.
  • Customer service and client education

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing?  Choose a tab below and select a question to read the relevant answer. If you are unable to find an answer, feel free to contact us via our contact us page.


The simple answer to this is no, however it depends on your individual circumstances and academic capabilities. The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a higher level course compared to the Certificate III in Animal Studies and therefore it does require a certain level of academic ability and preferably some work experience within a vet clinic. It may be that you already meet the criteria to go straight onto the Cert IV in Vet Nursing course.  The Certificate III in Animal Studies is not specifically designed to be a pathway onto the Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing. However, it is aimed at students wanting to work in the many different areas of the animal industry and can assist in your application for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
We do not hold a formal Open Day, however we often attend careers expos and events organised by schools. Throughout the year we conduct information sessions which are offered by invitation. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please contact us
All Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing students receive a hard copy text book at the commencement of the course. If you are studying via our online course you will be given access to the units and additional study materials digitally via our Online Learning System. For students studying on-campus, hard copies of the study materials are also supplied and included in the overall course cost. Please note: all course material for Animal Studies courses are provided digitally.  
The units are assessed using various methods. These include multiple choice quizzes, tests, written assignments and practical assignments such as video and photographic evidence.
The qualification that you receive (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing) is the same as that awarded by TAFE, and are both nationally recognised. However, as a private RTO, we are able to offer our students a personalised learning experience.

We arrange your practical work placements for you, within a reputable veterinary clinic in Perth that we can guarantee provide the training and mentoring required to learn the ins and outs of working within a clinic. We understand the stress that can be involved in having to secure yourself a work placement in a few short weeks once you have been accepted onto a course. By studying with us you can rest assured that we will arrange this for you using our fantastic relationships with over 120 vet practices in Perth.

In terms of the theory components of the course; we teach the qualification requirements but we are also able to teach the extra areas that we, as veterinarians, feel would be valuable for a vet nurse to know. We are a private institution, so we are able to have more freedom to include many more practical classes, industry visits, teach particular areas to make our nurses a lot more employable. We also only deliver and offer animal care courses at AVT meaning everything revolves around animals for us! Whereas other training providers may offer a variety of courses from hairdressing to carpentry.

We also like to provide all of our students with as much support as we can towards completing their certificate. Our class sizes are much smaller here which allows and encourages more student participation and more opportunities to do practical tasks at AVT. This also allows you experience of studying with us to be much more personalised – all lecturing and support staff members know all the students very well and are there to support our students throughout the course.
Yes absolutely, non- Perth based students including those living in Australian rural areas and in the Australian eastern states are encouraged to apply. Although, please be aware that to be accepted onto the online learning course from outside WA, you must have a practical work placement arranged. To apply now, select this link
This answer specifically addresses international students who wish to reside in Australia whilst studying at our Bentley campus.

Unfortunately we are unable to assist you with studying as an international student in Australia as we do not have the necessary registration with our government to enrol overseas students in Australia on a Visa. The required registration for this is CRICOS ‘The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students’.

The following link outlines the main steps to be taken to be able to study in Australia -www.border.gov.auThis will require applying for a student visa under the Vocational Education and Training Sector. However, you will need to have been accepted into a full-time study course by a CRICOS approved provider and then apply for the student visa. These normally take approximately 46 days to process. 

You may find other institutions in Australia that offer qualifications as an on-campus (in school) option who do have CRICOS registration.

We do offer our online courses to international students who wish to study Veterinary Nursing and Animal Studies whilst based overseas.
We have a team of highly qualified lecturers who have worked in various areas of the animal industry (take a look at our ‘Meet Our Team’ page). Our lecturers are always on hand to answer any questions or provide further support, explanations or clarification of any of the course material. They will mentor and coach you through the course material when required.  You can contact our lecturers via phone, email or Skype.
Our Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a nationally recognised qualification throughout Australia and by the governing bodies, the Veterinary Surgeons Board (VSB) and the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). We have had correspondence students graduate from all over the world including Japan, Singapore, England, Ireland and South Africa. It is important however to be aware that no arrangement for recognition of the Australian qualification in any country other than Australia exists. Many countries do not have formal qualifications for Vet Nurses. And those countries that do have local qualifications, often employ nurses that hold the Australian qualification. Before applying to do your study with us – please carefully review the following points:
  • You will need to investigate for your yourself whether your country has a board or registering authority (ie veterinary) that can advise you on which Vet Nursing qualifications are recognised by them (your local vet should also be able to assist you with information)
  • You will need to check with your own country's registering body whether you will be permitted to conduct 'acts of veterinary nursing' (eg injections, monitoring anaesthetics etc) while under supervision by the co-operating veterinary practice.
  • You should talk to your local Veterinary Practices, explain you are considering obtaining the qualification from Australia, to find out what your employment prospects might be
  • You will need to organise a work placement in a general veterinary practice where they perform routine small animal (dog and cats) procedures/surgery etc and this practice must have a gaseous anaesthetic machine and monitoring equipment, radiography equipment (xray and ultrasound) and be English speaking to prevent miscommunication.
  • AVT does not organise student visas
Yes, our qualifications in Vet Nursing and Animal Studies are nationally recognised and accredited.  Our company is fully registered by the Australian Government training registration authority ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) and the qualification offered is the nationally recognised Certificate. We are supported and endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Association. Our registration authority can be viewed on the training.gov.au website, which is the Australian Government’s website for details of registered courses and training providers –  View our details here.We strongly recommend you search the training.gov.au website for any training organisation you maybe considering.
AVT offers high quality study material written, reviewed and delivered by Veterinarians, Animal Scientists and Veterinary Nurses with formal training qualifications. Our in-house training team have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours creating course resources for our units of competency across all courses.

The difference between registered training providers course content across all RTO's including TAFE is often the units contained in the course and the quality of material. There are many units that can be included in a course and training providers nominate a selection of units they will offer to students.

Our courses are broad based and give an excellent introduction to working with animals across all species. They provide a fantastic is opportunity to learn about many different animals and most importantly allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom to the workplace.

To find out more about the units offered within each course visit the Course Content tab on our qualifications pages below.
Due to the nature of the qualification including exposure to radiology equipment, pharmaceuticals, procedures and situations that require a high level of maturity, we require ACM40412 in Veterinary Nursing students to be a minimum of 18 years of age or be turning 18 during the academic year.
For more information about the proposed changes to ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to ACM40417 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing we recommend reading Important changes to the National Qualifications in Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing
None of our courses require up front payment, we offer flexible monthly payment plans with instalments for all students. Total course fees and payment plan structure vary with each course and individual circumstances. For more information, contact us.
Concession fees are available to eligible students only through our courses which have been granted government funding. Currently this only applies to the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing for students that are residing within Western Australia. For more information on the eligibility criteria please see the Fees & Entry section (tab) on this page.
You may be able to get financial or government assistance such as Austudy, if you study the course on a full-time basis. The full-time study duration is as follows: Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing - 12 months, Certificate III Animal Studies - 12 months, Certificate II Animal Studies - 6 months. You will need to approach Centrelink for further advice on government assistance.
HECS‑HELP (formerly HECS) is a loan scheme for eligible students enrolled in Commonwealth supported places to pay their student contribution amounts. Unfortunately HECS-HELP loans are only available to students of approved Universities. Whilst, VET FEE-HELP is available for Diploma level students and above, there are no Government loans available for Certificate IV level study. To find out if you may be eligible for alternative support such as Youth Allowance, we recommend contacting Centrelink.   For more information about our fees visit the Fees and Entry tab on this page
No, the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing commences in February each year with applications open in August prior to year commencement. Alternatively, if this option suit you can choose our online study mode, meaning you can commence the course at any time during the year.
This answer specifically addresses international students who wish to reside in Australia whilst studying at our Bentley campus.

Unfortunately we are unable to assist you with studying as an international student in Australia as we do not have the necessary registration with our government to enrol overseas students in Australia on a Visa. The required registration for this is CRICOS ‘The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students’.

The following link outlines the main steps to be taken to be able to study in Australia -www.border.gov.auThis will require applying for a student visa under the Vocational Education and Training Sector. However, you will need to have been accepted into a full-time study course by a CRICOS approved provider and then apply for the student visa. These normally take approximately 46 days to process. 

You may find other institutions in Australia that offer qualifications as an on-campus (in school) option who do have CRICOS registration.

We do offer our online courses to international students who wish to study Veterinary Nursing and Animal Studies whilst based overseas.
Yes absolutely, non- Perth based students including those living in Australian rural areas and in the Australian eastern states are encouraged to apply. Although, please be aware that to be accepted onto the online learning course from outside WA, you must have a practical work placement arranged. To apply now, select this link
We do not hold a formal Open Day, however we often attend careers expos and events organised by schools. Throughout the year we conduct information sessions which are offered by invitation. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please contact us
The simple answer to this is no, however it depends on your individual circumstances and academic capabilities. The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a higher level course compared to the Certificate III in Animal Studies and therefore it does require a certain level of academic ability and preferably some work experience within a vet clinic. It may be that you already meet the criteria to go straight onto the Cert IV in Vet Nursing course.  The Certificate III in Animal Studies is not specifically designed to be a pathway onto the Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing. However, it is aimed at students wanting to work in the many different areas of the animal industry and can assist in your application for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Our Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a nationally recognised qualification throughout Australia and by the governing bodies, the Veterinary Surgeons Board (VSB) and the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). We have had correspondence students graduate from all over the world including Japan, Singapore, England, Ireland and South Africa. It is important however to be aware that no arrangement for recognition of the Australian qualification in any country other than Australia exists. Many countries do not have formal qualifications for Vet Nurses. And those countries that do have local qualifications, often employ nurses that hold the Australian qualification. Before applying to do your study with us – please carefully review the following points:
  • You will need to investigate for your yourself whether your country has a board or registering authority (ie veterinary) that can advise you on which Vet Nursing qualifications are recognised by them (your local vet should also be able to assist you with information)
  • You will need to check with your own country's registering body whether you will be permitted to conduct 'acts of veterinary nursing' (eg injections, monitoring anaesthetics etc) while under supervision by the co-operating veterinary practice.
  • You should talk to your local Veterinary Practices, explain you are considering obtaining the qualification from Australia, to find out what your employment prospects might be
  • You will need to organise a work placement in a general veterinary practice where they perform routine small animal (dog and cats) procedures/surgery etc and this practice must have a gaseous anaesthetic machine and monitoring equipment, radiography equipment (xray and ultrasound) and be English speaking to prevent miscommunication.
  • AVT does not organise student visas
Yes, our qualifications in Vet Nursing and Animal Studies are nationally recognised and accredited.  Our company is fully registered by the Australian Government training registration authority ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) and the qualification offered is the nationally recognised Certificate. We are supported and endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Association. Our registration authority can be viewed on the training.gov.au website, which is the Australian Government’s website for details of registered courses and training providers –  View our details here.We strongly recommend you search the training.gov.au website for any training organisation you maybe considering.
The qualification that you receive (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing) is the same as that awarded by TAFE, and are both nationally recognised. However, as a private RTO, we are able to offer our students a personalised learning experience.

We arrange your practical work placements for you, within a reputable veterinary clinic in Perth that we can guarantee provide the training and mentoring required to learn the ins and outs of working within a clinic. We understand the stress that can be involved in having to secure yourself a work placement in a few short weeks once you have been accepted onto a course. By studying with us you can rest assured that we will arrange this for you using our fantastic relationships with over 120 vet practices in Perth.

In terms of the theory components of the course; we teach the qualification requirements but we are also able to teach the extra areas that we, as veterinarians, feel would be valuable for a vet nurse to know. We are a private institution, so we are able to have more freedom to include many more practical classes, industry visits, teach particular areas to make our nurses a lot more employable. We also only deliver and offer animal care courses at AVT meaning everything revolves around animals for us! Whereas other training providers may offer a variety of courses from hairdressing to carpentry.

We also like to provide all of our students with as much support as we can towards completing their certificate. Our class sizes are much smaller here which allows and encourages more student participation and more opportunities to do practical tasks at AVT. This also allows you experience of studying with us to be much more personalised – all lecturing and support staff members know all the students very well and are there to support our students throughout the course.
We follow the national training package for Veterinary Nursing. The latest version of the training package can be viewed here.  training.gov.au is the Australian Government Website for registered training courses and providers.
For more information about the proposed changes to ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to ACM40417 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing we recommend reading Important changes to the National Qualifications in Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing
Unfortunately no, it does not matter how much time you have spent in practice or amount of experience you have prior to starting the course, you still need to enrol in each unit to enable us to verify your practical skills. Your workplace supervisor may decide that you have the skills required based on previous observations, but we need to ensure you are completing the practical tasks with the theoretical knowledge you are obtaining during your studies. The only exception to this is if you have undertaken some previous practical training whilst enrolled in another accredited Veterinary Nursing Course. In this case you need to discuss this with your tutor. If you are working within a veterinary clinic then you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL). An application for RPL can be submitted at the time of application to the course.
It is a general rule that we prefer you to do your practical work placement during the week. Often weekend practice is quiet and might only see emergency cases. If the practice you are considering offers a full service, including sterilisations on weekends, then it might be a possibility. You can discuss this with our Student and Industry Liaison Officer.
Your work placement or practical work hours can be completed at one or more veterinary clinics if the option is available to you. Student placements within clinics are highly sought after so could prove difficult to find multiple placements, although it is more likely to occur over a longer duration study such as the online stream. To complete your placement at 2 or more work places, you must ensure all paperwork is completed by both work places and submitted to AVT.

All of our courses are vocational, which means that they are specifically designed to provide students with the skills, experience and knowledge to enter the animal care workplace. Working in an animal care facility, where you are responsible for a number of different animals and sometimes a range of different species on a daily basis is very different to caring for your own pets at home.

Therefore to successfully complete your qualification you will need to secure a formal workplace practical training placement in a pet related business or organisation.

Below are just a few examples of the types of skills and knowledge that must be covered in all of our courses, which cannot be learned from caring for your own animals –

  • Being able to understand and interpret the behaviour of animals that you are not familiar with.  This is an essential skill in order to ensure that the animal is approached and handled in the most appropriate and safest way so as to minimise stress to the animal and reduce the risk of injury to the handler.
  • The ability to accurately assess the health of an animal that you are not familiar with.  As we know our own animals so well, we can often pick up on the early signs that something is wrong.  However, being able to do this with animals that you do not know particularly well and may be in an unfamiliar environment such as boarding facility, rescue shelter or vet clinic requires a completely different set of skills and knowledge.
  • Understanding of hygiene and infection control practices.  In a facility where numerous animals are housed, it is vital to have a good understanding of the correct hygiene practices to ensure that all animals are kept healthy and to minimise the risk of the spread of disease and cross-contamination.
  • Health and safety practices – working with animals can present a very unique set of risks and therefore it is vital that students are aware of not only the possible risks but also how to ensure they can minimise these risks at all times.

Student Testimonials

“I began studying the Certificate IV of Veterinary Nursing as a full time student at AVT at the beginning of 2017. I went into the course having never worked in a vet clinic before, and unsure if I would even be a good vet nurse. Luckily AVT has the most incredible lecturers who encouraged and helped me every step of the way & got me into an awesome clinic for my work placement. My work placement clinic ended up hiring me and I am now working my dream job and doing things I would never of thought I’d be able to do in such a short amount of time. The personalised support and encouragement I received from all of the staff at AVT is second to none and I can not thank them all enough for everything they have done for me. Studying at Applied Vocational Training was definitely the best decision of my life!”
-Facebook Review by Rachel Gray ~ 2017 Course Graduate

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